Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What's On My Face

I stumbled across Ms. Gold Girl's youtube videos while watching Flylady videos.  Ms. Gold Girl (or Marnie) vlogs about organization, cleaning, shopping, budgeting but she's really passionate about make up. 

This past year I haven't really been keen on the whole serious personal grooming and make up.   It's been a hard year with the loss of my Mom and moving.   Most of the time I was content (or lazy) to leave the house wearing only moisturizer and chap stick.  But, I've found I really feel a lot better when I am a little made up. 

So, I'm going to list what I put on my face today.  Sorry about the lack of photos.  My camera is being weird (or just needs new batteries but I think I need a new one).

Moisturizer/Foundation-  I never wear foundation.  I don't like how it makes my face feel and I'm ok with my skin condition.  I bought Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 in fair to light as a sort of compromise.  It is $14.97 on Walmart's website.  I used coupons so I know I didn't spend that much.  It is pretty thick and very pigmented.  It needs a lot of blending and doesn't feel great on my skin.  I just came back from a vacation in Florida so my skin is a bit darker than normal.  Right now it looks ok but in the winter months it will probably be too dark on me.  I won't buy this again.  I will stick with my Olay SPF 15 for sensitive skin.

Concealer-   Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Under Eye Concealer  in Clair II .  $29.50 is the most I've ever spent on concealer but I think I scored a bunch on samples and goodies with this purchase.  I wear concealer occasionally but was sick of how sweaty my face gets during the summer and my make up would melt.  This stuff is waterproof.  It has great staying power.  It blends wells and a little bit goes a long way.  I'm unsure if I'll buy this again but I think the little tube is going to last me a long time.

Eye Liner- BonneBell Eyestyle Precise Liner in Espresso Brown.  It's very soft and smudges easily.  Staying power isn't great but ok.  Don't love it, don't hate it.  I bought this as part of a make up set online from Toys R US clearance (yep, a toy store).   I think it's a great deal for so much make up.  I don't really like make up being sold at a toy store though.
I used Palladio Shadow and Liner Herbal Crayon in espresso on my top lids.  I bought it at Sally Beauty for $1.99.  It has great staying power and goes on nicely.  It's a little too fat for easy under eye application.  I would buy this again.  It's a nice light brown with a hint of shimmer.  Not too bold for daytime. 

Eye Shadow- Wet N Wild Walking on Eggshells trio.  This is a new purchase I made after watching Ms. Gold Girl.  I paid $3.99 at Walgreens for this.  I used the application suggestion on the back.  Looks good.  It has decent pigmentation and a soft application.  I don't know how well it wears during the day but so far I'm liking it.  And the price is nice.  I wish it was a little more matte.   I also picked up a pretty light bronze .99 lipstick from Wet N Wild yesterday and I love it.  Not wearing it today though because I stuck it in my purse.  Had a hard time wiping it off last night before bed.  Score!

Mascara-  L.A. Colors mini mascara in blackI used to wear this mascara in the lash building formula all the time.  It washes off well and looks nice after a few applications.  Lately I'm just not loving this tube though.  I like the Bonne Bell from the Toys R US make up kit better.  It's decent for the price though.  You can get it at The Dollar Store or Family Dollar.

Eye Brow Gel-  My eyebrows need a little taming to look nice so I use a clear mascara on them.  Cover Girl Professional Natural Lash Mascara in Clear is what I used today.  Works great.  Isn't gummy and I will definitely buy this again.  I think this is around $3 or $4 at Walmart.  There are always coupons for Cover Girl in the paper.

Blush/Highlighter-  I used the Blend 'n Glow compact from the Bonne Bell kit.  It's a bit too shimmery but it adds a nice glow to my pale face.  I don't know if I'll buy it again but I do plan on using it up.  It goes on great.  Not at all orangey like so many other bronzers.   I used a Mary Kay retractable blush brush for application.

LipsClinique Different Lipstick in #51 Think Bronze (as part of a duo with Air Kiss lipgloss) and Bonne Bell Liplites gloss in cappuccino.
I love the lipstick.  It's soft and goes on great.  It has a nice peachy brown tone that looks great on me.  I don't love the clinique lip gloss attached to it.  It's too gummy. 
The Liplites is another Bonne Bell kit goodie.  It has a nice nude color and a great smell.  It doesn't last long though.  I prefer the lip smacker version of cappuccino. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Christmas Already?!?

It's true that seeing Halloween candy next to Christmas decor in the shopping aisle bugs me silly.  But, it's also true that I start Christmas shopping very early.  I hate being out in the stores anytime after Thanksgiving.  God forbid I have to step foot in a mall during the holidays.  Panic attack, anyone? 
So, I've been gathering stuff for my family here and there for the last few months.  Remaindered perfume gloss for a dollar at Payless (and I have a 20% off coupon) got put away for a stocking.  Free beaded bracelets I got with my swagbucks are going to my nieces.  They don't look cheap at all.  I used my swapadvd credits to get a brand new movie for someone too.  It still had a factory seal on it.  I used an amazon gift card gleaned from swagbucks to help buy a Timex watch for my son.  I almost have enough Disney Movie Rewards credits (almost all found on email newsletters and freebie sites) to get something worthwhile.

I still have to fill in the blanks here and there with some fun freebies.  But, I just printed out a coupon for a free bag of Lindor truffles.  Now is the time to start signing up for freebies to fill those stockings.  Last year I got packs of gum from our local gas station by filling out a questionnaire.  Great for my gum loving kids. 

If you're short on funds you can still fill a Chrismtas stocking for almost no money.  The trick is to get started right now.

 Here's a few sites that I love to browse for freebies and goodies:


Freebies 4 Mom

STL Mommy

And here's a link to an old post I did on stocking stuffer ideas.

If it's still warm enough outside for garage sales you might try the freebie boxes too.  I just had my own garage sale and can say honestly that I put some pretty good stuff in those freebie boxes.  I sold the other kids toys for a song also.